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Featured Volunteer: Kayla Devitt

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Photos courtesy of Herring Bone Photography

 

AARCS Featured Volunteer:

Kayla Devitt

A word from Kayla:

My road to AARCS is less glamourous then others. In 2016 I was out of work and beginning to feel the toll of countless jobs rejecting me, when I came across the idea of volunteering to help fill the void in my life. Working with rescue animals seemed like an easy fit as there was always a rescue dog in my family growing up. It didn’t take long on the AARCS website for me to realize these were like-minded people. I promptly filled out my application.

I signed up to do my first event, I was a little nervous but after I received the warmest welcome from the other volunteers my jitters completely disappeared. I found myself immersed with talking to people about animals and the great work AARCS does.

When I got home that night I couldn’t stop talking about the animals and the people I had met that day. The rush I got from raising awareness and funds for the wonderful work we do at AARCS was incomparable, I was hooked. Since then I’ve done as many events as I can. The positive atmosphere created by everyone at AARCS is easily the best part of my week.

 

AARCS doesn’t just rescue animals, they rescue people too.

 
Thank you
Kayla Devitt
AARCS Volunteer

A word from our Volunteer Manager:

We are pleased to introduce our Volunteer of the Month for October – Kayla Devitt! We first met Kayla in 2016, and it was no surprise that she was nominated by a fellow volunteer for Volunteer of the Month!

Over the years, Kayla has participated in so many AARCS events and has become a face that many recognize when visiting the AARCS booth! Kayla will gladly take on any task, and has frequently jumped in to help out when needed. On more than one occasion, she has shown up early for her shift, (or stayed well past her scheduled time!) simply to help out and continue raising awareness for AARCS and the homeless animals we help.

Kayla is a joy to have on our team, and we are so grateful for her go-getter attitude and infectious smile! Thank you Kayla for always being there to help, and for your incredible dedication to helping the animals!

Rachel Howard
Volunteer Manager

 

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AARCS’ Wreath Fundraiser


AARCS’ Holiday Wreath Campaign

Do you need to bring the festive season to your office or home, or need a great gift idea?
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AARCS is proud to present our 2018 Holiday Wreath Fundraiser! This year we will be selling beautiful fresh 22” and 32” Christmas Wreaths that come decorated and ready to hang! The 22” wreath is $50, and the 32” wreath is $70. All funds raised will be donated to the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society!
*Deadline for orders is November 22nd, 2018
Contact Person: thirdpartyfundraising@aarcs.ca
 
*VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE: 

If you would like to ship wreaths to multiple locations WITHIN CALGARY, you will need to submit an individual order form for each location.

A pickup location in EDMONTON is available! 

*Delivery will only be available for within Calgary City Limits. Otherwise you will have to pick up at AARCS’ Safe Haven and deliver/ship yourself.  $10 delivery charge applies for shipping to the assigned Edmonton location.

[ CLICK HERE TO ORDER ]

DON’T FURGET TO SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY!

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AARCS’ Mutts, Meows & Martini’s


Mutts, Meows & Martini’s

AARCS Signature Event presented by The Tower Group!
When:  Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time:  7:00PM – MIDNIGHT
Where:  National on 8th, 225 8 Ave SW #360, Calgary, AB T2P 2W3
Price: Tickets for the evening are $40 each, or two tickets for $70. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
About:
The Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) will be hosting the Mutts, Meows & Martini’s Signature Event on Saturday November 17, 2018 at National on 8th in downtown Calgary! Guests at the event will enjoy a complimentary cocktail, appetizers, silent auction, raffles and our signature slideshow! Put on your cocktail dress, grab a date and put on your dancing shoes! This is an event you will not want to miss! Tickets for the evening are $40 each, or two tickets for $70.
 
*Must be 18 or older to attend.
 
We are currently looking for Sponsors and Auction Items for this event – please email susan@aarcs.ca if you are interested in partnering with us!
OUR TITLE SPONSOR:
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With Gratitude – August 2018

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With Gratitude,

we would like to acknowledge our August 2018 Corporate Supporters!

 

  • New Dimension Tattoos – AARCS Hero Monthly Donor
  • NOtaBLE – The Restaurant – AARCS Hero Monthly Donor
  • Stonegate Pub – Bottle Donation
  • Bonavista Energy Corporation – Calgary Corporate Challenge
  • Brookfield Residential Properties Inc. – Calgary Corporate Challenge
  • Chevron Canada – Calgary Corporate Challenge
  • Murphy Oil – Calgary Corporate Challenge
  • TransCanada PipeLines Limited – Calgary Corporate Challenge
  • ATB Financial – Employees & Matching
  • Bell Canada – Employees & Matching
  • Best Buy Canada Ltd. – Employees & Matching
  • Canadian Pacific – Employees & Matching
  • ConocoPhillips Corporation – Employees & Matching
  • Encana Corporation – Employees & Matching
  • Getty Images, Inc. – Employees & Matching
  • Juniper Networks Foundation Fund – Employees & Matching
  • Nexen Energy ULC – Employees & Matching
  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation – Employees & Matching

 

  • Shaw Communications, Inc. - Employees & Matching
  • Suncor Energy - Employees & Matching
  • TELUS Communications Inc. – Employees & Matching
  • TransCanada PipeLines Limited – Employees & Matching
  • Banque National – Employee Matching
  • ATCO Gas – EPIC Campaign
  • Absolute Hearing Services – Jail & Bail
  • MARKET Restaurant – Jail & Bail
  • Car Max Canada Superstore – Safe Haven Sponsor
  • National Automotive Glass Products Ltd. – Safe Haven Sponsor
  • First Calgary Financial – Thanks for your support
  • Great West Life – Thanks for your support
  • Royal Canadian Legion #284 – Thanks for your support
  • The Wandering Long Table – Thanks for your support
  • Window Works Inc. – Thanks for your support
  • Breakwater Glass – Third Party Fundraising
  • Ctrl V Calgary – Third Party Fundraising
  • Shell Canada (Fuelling Kindness) – Third Party Fundraising
  • Shell Canada – Work Bee – Intern Dog House Build
  • Intact Insurance – Work Bee – Safe Haven
  • Meerkat Roofing & Exteriors – Work Bee – Dog House build – did all the roofing on a number of DH’s
  • Detailed Drywall – Hosted Dog House Build and Stores our supplies

 

Ways You Can Get Involved:

Fundraise for AARCS
Safe Haven Sponsorship
Join the Calgary Corporate Challenge
Sponsor an Event

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CONTACT INFORMATION

5060 74 Ave SE
Calgary, AB T2C 3C9

Email: info@aarcs.ca

PH: 403-250-7377


 

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Featured Volunteer: Debby Herold

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Photos courtesy of The Dog with a Bow Photography

 

AARCS Featured Volunteer:

Debby Herold

A word from Debby:

“I’ve loved all animals my entire life. Rescuing them came early to me when, as a little girl, I’d come home with stray cats and ask my mom, “Can we keep him?” I guess I was convincing because I’ve had cats as pets ever since I was around 10 or 11. We also cared for school animals (guinea pigs, a rabbit, and mice) on weekends and had some pet gerbils. As a child, I wanted to become a veterinarian. That didn’t happen but my love for animals remained. I also developed a lifetime love of photography when my Grade 5 teacher gave our class cheap black and white film cameras and taught us how to develop our photos in a darkroom.

I came upon AARCS a couple of years ago when we were thinking of adopting a second dog. It didn’t pan out, but it planted a seed … I needed to find a meaningful way to help, so in 2017 I emailed Rachel and asked if I could volunteer as a photographer. I was thrilled when she answered yes. Since joining the photography team, we’ve adopted two AARCS cats — Otto and Oliver (formerly Boron and Jumanji). My oldest son and his family have also adopted two AARCS kitties — Aztec and Hugo (formerly Banjo).

 

My work with the photography team has been life-changing and has given me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people through AARCS, some of whom I’m fortunate to now call friends. I’m proud to be helping make a difference and changing lives through kindness. I find myself invested in every animal I photograph and my heart is so full being part of a family of volunteers who truly care about them.

I’m humbled and honoured to have been chosen Volunteer of the Month.

 
Thank you
Debby Herold
AARCS Volunteer Photographer

A word from our Volunteer Manager:

Over the past year, we have had the pleasure of getting to know Debby! She has a heart of gold and we have been extremely fortunate that she has shared her love of photography with us.If you peruse through the AARCS website, you will see many photos which Debby has taken for us to showcase some of our amazing adoptable animals. The love and care she shows each one of the animals she photographs is something we admire greatly about Debby. She is always the first to help out in a pinch! One of our fellow volunteers had this to say about her: “She is reliable, dependable, super friendly, accommodating, and of course, mega talented.”

Thank you Debby for the huge part you play in finding so many of these animals forever homes. We truly are grateful for all of your commitment to the animals!

Rachel Howard
Volunteer Manager

 

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Rush Puppy – Rescue Tail

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Rush Puppy, an unbreakable spirit

08/30/2018 / Thank you to those who have sponsored his care, he couldn’t have done it without you!

[ The Fight for Rush Puppy! ]

If you haven’t already met Rush, beware, he will surely steal your heart. This young boy was rescued after being run over by a car. He was in critical, life-threatening condition and our veterinary team did everything in their power to save his life. At the time, we did not know the extent of his injuries but jumped into action in efforts to stabilize Rush. Once he was sedated and administered pain medications they were able to do x-rays and it was determined that his leg was terribly fractured and he suffered extensive contusions around his lungs and chest. This was cause for deep concern so they kept him comfortable and monitored him closely while waiting for the bruising to subside so that they could devise a safe treatment plan.
The next day, Rush began to feel and appear much better. Although he was still in ruff shape, it was nice to see his tail wag again and a big smile on his face as we spoiled him with snacks!  It was initially thought that an amputation or surgery would be necessary. However, with the significant injuries to his chest, surgery would have to wait.  We continued to monitor and manage his pain with medications and antibiotics to prevent infection. In the meantime, his leg was splinted and bandaged to maintain stability.
In the last few days we’ve seen a transformation in Rush! He became the playful, happy go-lucky puppy he should have been all along! He played with Dr. Wendy with his new favourite rope toy. Don’t worry, we caught it on video for you! We continued daily bandage changes and pain management which seems to be working well for Rush. Just now, we got news that Rush Puppy’s open wound and leg is healing well and may not require surgery! INCREDIBLE NEWS! We know how much you love videos, so above is one to show an unbreakable spirit, now known as Rush!

You can join the fight for Rush by helping sponsor his ongoing veterinary care! He could really use your support!

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With Gratitude – July 2018

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With Gratitude,

we would like to acknowledge our July 2018 Corporate Supporters!

 

  • Andy’s Paw Prints – Third Party Fundraiser
  • ATB Financial – volunteer hours logged by employee Emily Gruber
  • Benevity workplace donations directed to AARCS
  • Breathe Hot Yoga – Wanderlust Hip Hop Flow Third Party Fundraiser
  • Brian McGrattan’s Retirement Party
  • Bridgeland Stampede Vegan Pancake Breakfast
  • Calgary Fire Department Stampede Breakfast
  • CHIMP – Charitable Impact Foundation
  • CIR Realty – 1for ALL Charity Partnership
  • Ctrl V Calgary – Give a Dog a New Reality Third Party Fundraiser
  • Doggone Running – Doggy Dash Third Party Fundraiser
  • Dr. Martha Cohen School – Student Fundraiser
  • Edmonton Regional Airports Authority – annual donation
  • First Calgary Financial, Conventry Hills – Calgary Corporate Challenge donation
  • Giftfunds of Canada – anonymous grants
  • Heather Waddell – Matching campaign sponsor
  • Imperial Oil – Calgary Corporate Challenge donation
  • Jakku Tattoo – Tattoos for Rescues Third Party Fundraiser
  • Langevin School – Student Fundraiser
  • Lisa Makinson – Kennel Sponsorship
  • MARKET Restaurant – supplied long weekend Booze Basket raffle prize
  • Muttley Crue Inc. – Bottle donation
  • Pet-a-palooza
  • Pets for Life – Emergency Vet Bill Assistance
  • Petsmart Charities of Canada
  • Planet Organic/Bob Marshall – Charity BBQs Third Party Fundraiser
  • Quadreal Property Group Social Committee – Calgary Corporate Challenge donation
  • Sien Lok Community – 50th Anniversary & Canada Day Celebration
  • SL Grafx Design – former adopter Third Party Fundraising
  • Sproule – Corporate donation
  • United Way donations directed to AARCS
  • Weekend Warriors – Third Party Fundraiser
  • Worker’s Compensation Board – Calgary Corporate Challenge donation
  • DNB – Volunteer Work Group on July 17th
  • Shell Interns Volunteer Work Group on July 28

 

Ways You Can Get Involved:

Fundraise for AARCS
Safe Haven Sponsorship
Join the Calgary Corporate Challenge
Sponsor an Event

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CONTACT INFORMATION

5060 74 Ave SE
Calgary, AB T2C 3C9

Email: info@aarcs.ca

PH: 403-250-7377


 

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2019 Calendar Sponsors Wanted!

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An Opportunity for Sponsorship and Advertising


The Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) is preparing to launch the very popular annual Animal Rescue Calendar; featuring 12 stunning photographic portraits of AARCS rescued animals. All funds raised from sponsorship and calendar sales will go towards helping even more animals in need.

We are looking for companies/organizations to purchase advertising spots in the calendar to cover the cost to produce the calendars. By being involved, you will be helping us raise funds for animal emergency costs, veterinary care, food and supplies. In addition, corporate sponsors will gain brand recognition among our rapidly growing support base. Calendars will be distributed to local businesses for distribution. AARCS typically circulates over 1500 calendars.

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Rates and ad sizes are as follows:
  • Monthly Tall Block Ad $350 [ 2 ¼ ” x 5 ¼ ” ] vertical (12 available /1 per month)
  • Business Card Ad $100 [ 3 ½ ” x 2 ” ] horizontal or vertical (Unlimited available, placed on dedicated page within the calendar)
Additional Benefits:
  • Fosters corporate responsibility in supporting local charities
  • Company name mentioned on social media (our Facebook page has over 77,000 followers)
  • Brand recognition with AARCS’ rapidly growing volunteer/support base

 

Registered charity Number 80718 8479 RR0001

[ Download 2019 Calendar Advertising Form here! ]

Save completed form and email to amber@aarcs.ca


CONTACT INFORMATION

5060 74 Ave SE
Calgary, AB T2C 3C9

Amber Perry, Creative & Marketing Specialist

Email: amber@aarcs.ca

PH: 403-250-7377


 

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OVER CAT-PACITY – Emergency Adoption Event

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EMERGENCY CAT ADOPTION EVENT – PICK YOUR OWN ADOPTION FEE!

 


WE’RE OVER CAT-PACITY — INTAKE IS CLOSED until we find homes for hundreds of cats and kittens!  PICK YOUR OWN ADOPTION FEE for cats and kittens over the age of 6 months THIS FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018.

“With over 300 cats and kittens in care, our shelter and foster homes are full,” says Kelsey Scoular, AARCS Cat Manager. “We are finding it tough to keep up with the dozens of surrender calls we receive each week. Currently, we have over 100 cats that are available for adoption on our website with more being added each day.”

As a result of the increased number of cats and kittens, AARCS is encouraging the public to come forward and adopt a cat or kitten. AARCS will be having an Emergency Cat Adoption Event this Friday, July 20, 2018 between 2pm – 9pm at Safe Haven located at 5060 – 74 Avenue SE and will be able to pick your own adoption fee for cats over 6 months of age.

All kittens and cats are up to date with their medical, vaccinations, spaying/neutering, deworming and are microchipped. There will be information on fostering an animal and volunteering with the society. AARCS is calling on the community for help in finding homes for these very deserving felines and is also encouraging everyone to please spay and neuter their pets.

In addition, AARCS will be accepting donations of dry and wet kitten food, gastro medical food, cat litter and financial donations to cover mounting veterinary bills for the homeless cats in their society.
For more information visit aarcs.ca/wish-list  Thank mew!

 

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Donation Match Campaign!

 

[ Stuff the Clinic Cupboards ]

UNLOCK your CHANCES TO WIN with each $2,000 RAISED through this Campaign!

 


She’s at it again! Heather Waddell has generously given us a challenge and we need your help! When we approached Heather about the need for medical supplies for the AARCS’ Veterinary Hospital, she was willing to MATCH YOUR DONATIONS up to $10,000 — which will fill the clinic cupboards with much needed medical supplies for the animal patients in AARCS’ care!

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YOUR GIFT WILL CHANGE THE LIVES OF ANIMALS!

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